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English definition of “go”

go

verb (BECOME)   /ɡoʊ/ (present tense goes, present participle going, past tense went  /went/, past participle gone  /ɡɔn, ɡɑn/)
to become or be in a certain condition: [L] Her father is going blind. [L] If anything goes wrong, you can call our emergency hotline. [L] Because of lack of evidence, the police were forced to let him go free. [I] If you keep applying ice, the swelling will go down (= become smaller). [I] The computer went down (= stopped operating) twice last week. [I] The electricity suddenly went off (= stopped operating). [I] One of these days I’ll have to go on a diet (= start to be on one). [I] I was so exhausted I went to sleep (= started sleeping) immediately. [I] It was feared for a while that the two countries would go to war (= start to fight a war) over this dispute. [I] It wasn’t a bad hospital, as hospitals go (= compared with the usual standard of hospitals), but I still hated being there.
(Definition of go verb (BECOME) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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